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« "The Mother-Son Running Streak Club" by Nancy Shohet West | Main | Reader Recommendations »

January 03, 2011


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bermudaonion (Kathy)

I have this in print and do plan to read it one day. The audio sounds good, but I'll probably do better with print since the book is brutal.

Nancy Shohet West

I found it poignant and thought-provoking, and I learned a lot about a culture and political history about which I was not particularly well-informed. This is the kind of book I'm grateful to for nudging me occasionally out of my domestic-fiction comfort zone.


I had to read it for school. Aside from that, I'm not sure if I would have picked it up on my own. But I am incredibly glad that I did read it. I really enjoyed the book. But I agree with you, the last third of the book isn't quite as wonderful as the first two thirds. Still, it certainly is a good book worth reading.


The Kite Runner was my city's One Book, One City pick and as a library book club, we were asked to read it. I shamelessy abandoned it about 50 pages in. I couldn't get into it. I couldn't get excited about any of it.

However, I usually feel that way about much hyped books.

nomadreader (Carrie)

I've actually never read this one, but I own it (and his other novel, which I've heard is better). I never seem to prioritize books popular with the masses. I'll get to it one year I'm sure...

The Zadge

I loved it, although I found parts of it incredibly painful to read. But I read it literally the month it came out before all the hype. I think the years of hype can really affect the book's impact. And Happy New Year Gayle!

Man of la Book

I thought it was an excellent book. I actually read it in two languages and bought several copies to give away.


I liked The Kite Runner, and my students tend to love it. However, I too, thought A Thousand Splendid Suns was much better. Perhaps that is just because KR is told from a male p-o-v, whereas ATSS is told from a female p-o-v. I guess I resonated better with the female perspective.

Carolina Book Stacks

I read it and saw the movie, very moving. But he's other one that was published after Kite Runner, A Thousand Slendid Suns, had a greater impact on me. I just loved it. If you have not read it,give that one a try too.

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